Royal Portraits Presented by New World Symphony


Royal Portraits Presented by New World Symphony

From the sometimes senseless, often heartbreaking outbursts of King George III comes Peter Maxwell Davies’ dynamite portrait of madness, now celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The staged monodrama, complete with NWS Fellows in costume as the King’s pet birds, delivers baritone Kelvin Thomas in his most famous role that has him singing, speaking and even shouting to portray the deranged monarch. Beethoven’s majestic “Archduke” is the crowning masterpiece of Piano Trios, while regal melodies reign in Henry Purcell’s works for strings and harpsichord.


Kelvin Thomas, baritone
Musicians of the New World Symphony


Purcell : Chacony in G minor
Purcell : Fantasia Upon One Note
Beethoven : Piano Trio, "Archduke"
Maxwell Davies : Eight Songs for a Mad King